The Creative Edge

We'll help improve your design folio, give tips on finding clients and connect you with creative professionals

How to create a believable vintage faded logo

Rendering is a powerful computer skill that can help designers communicate ideas, moods or feelings to clients. In this tutorial, the style of vintage faded logos will be explored as we move the design from Illustrator to Photoshop. This effect can be useful in proposing brand identities that might include stamps, cloth, wooden signs or other vintage aesthetics.... Read More

October 29th By

99U dishes on how to overcome classic designer pitfalls

As designers, we all have our weaknesses. Whether we’re constantly comparing ourselves to others, stressing under a personal narrative we’re struggling to embody, or adding too much to our plate – there’s plenty of pitfalls that can take a toll on our work and our success. This month, 99U breaks down some of those issues... Read More

October 28th By

CSS and the shaping of dynamic design

Many of us can remember a time when the typical web page resembled a poster publicizing a high school dance. No banners, no sidebars and certainly no flash. When a designer wanted to grab your attention they used red type on a blue background, which resulted in more migraines than anything else. Thankfully, web design... Read More

October 27th By

15 spooktacular monsters to inspire you this Halloween

The 99designs community has a fantastic imagination. So what better time to show off their creepy catalogue of aliens, ghosts and ghouls than right before Halloween? All year round, our designers concoct bone-chilling branding, eerie illustrations and unearthly iPhone apps we absolutely love. In honor of this most haunting holiday, we present to you some of 99designs’ greatest monster creations. Enjoy! Aliens Alien concept art... Read More

October 25th By

We chat with 3D design wiz, MirkoAndricDesign™

We’ve been wowed for a while by MirkoAndricDesign™‘s impressive grasp on 3D design. Deftly designing 3D models and renderings, he’s brought restaurant, apartment and office interiors to life, and helped inventors visualize the look of new products. We decided to chat with Mirko about how he got started and his plans for the future. Name: Mirko Andrić... Read More

October 24th By

The concept art behind popular 3D monsters

It’s Halloween this month, which means you’re probably frantically preparing your costume and/or playlist of creepy movies to watch with your friends on the scariest day of the year – well, other than your birthday. To celebrate this fun holiday and all the elements making October 31st the day that it is, we’ll be taking a look at the... Read More

October 23rd By

Create a stylized Halloween pumpkin in Photoshop

Seasonal advertising is common for very good reason. Aligning your promotions with time-sensitive annual events creates a distinct sense of urgency that your products might otherwise lack. Many consumers have become habitual spenders during these specific times of the year, and if you haven’t positioned your products as part of the cyclical festivities, you’re likely... Read More

October 22nd By

99ers that are dominating 3D design

We’ve highlighted them before, but just couldn’t help showcasing even more amazing work from our 3D designer community. These incredible artists have brought fully fleshed-out characters to life, reimagined the environment around you and invented new products with the click of a mouse. Scroll down to see some of their breathtaking work! 3D head mold for a toy company Designer:... Read More

October 21st By

Introducing your new profile page

Presentation is the key to any professional activity and if there’s one place to make yourself shine, it’s on your profile page. That’s why we’re so pleased to announce the launch of the new Designer Profiles! Our goal at 99designs is to create the ultimate professional nexus between designers and businesses. The profile is often your first chance to impress clients searching for designers to... Read More

October 20th By

Cheers to this month’s Creative Challengers!

Drumroll please… it’s time to announce this month’s Creative Challengers! These designers have faced some steep competition, but that doesn’t mean they should miss their moment in the spotlight! We’ve gathered together some of our favorite finalists from this month’s contests. While these designers didn’t take home the prize, their impressive work has certainly won our hearts. Vote... Read More

October 18th By